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White Chocolate & Raspberry Bread Pudding
An Ode to Pudding
Come back here you silly pudding
My belly yearns for you
It's been such a long day & I need some lovin'
Only you will do
Sit by me & gently caress my lips
Make all my sorrow vanish
Back of cheeky, not my hips
All the joy that you can dish (with out calories if possible!)
As we hide away from a world too nosey
Remind me again that life can be cosy
Slippers on my feet & tea in my mug
Come here pudding & give me a hug
I was never entirely sure if I actually liked bread and butter pudding; I remember having it a few times as a child- there were times that it was quite nice but then also times that it was stodgy, tasteless and just didn't quite hit the spot.
I had been meaning to retry for a while now but kept putting it off. When I got around to re-trying it my husband was less than enthused at the concept as a whole. (I think my description had been not very flattering.) The while chocolate was added to draw him in and the raspberries for me. I can now say, hand on heart, that I fallen madly in love with this recipe and it will surely be one of my go to puddings moving forwards. White chocolate and raspberries really do make all the difference. This recipe is perfect for chilly nights in when you need a sugary pick me up, lunch with friends or any other excuse that takes your fancy. In winter it makes a very comforting comfort dish but with the raspberries I am pretty sure that it will work as a summer pudding too.
It does make nice leftovers too. (I personally think it was a bit nicer the day after because the ginger came through a little bit more.)
If this has made you a little bit peckish, go ahead and get your bake on. I am sure that however life goes, when I look back at my regrets there will not be a dessert amongst them.
I apologise if your jeans shrink after you try this (mine did), it is a little bit moreish. I did try to work out the calories but the numbers got high very quickly so I stopped. I decided that this is one of those cases where ignorance is bliss. If you feel slightly guilty for that extra slice remember that the British government strongly suggests you up your intake of fruit and veg while France pushes daily dairy portions, we are appeasing both sides of the channel- how diplomatic of us!
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- 450 g Brioche, or other dry French bread
- 1 Can Raspberries
- 200 g White Chocolate
- 30 g Butter
- 1 Pint Full Fat Milk
- 5 Eggs
- 150 g Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Ground Ginger
- Couple of tbsp Brown Sugar, to sprinkle
- Cut the Brioche into cubes, about an inch or so thick, and press into a large baking dish (It should be tightly packed but leave room for it to rise). Chop 50g of the white chocolate into small chunks and slot between the bread cubes. Spread the raspberries over the top, squeezing into the cracks as much as you can. I used canned, which turned into mush as soon as I started working with them but they still tasted great. I believe that fresh would work just as well.
- 2. Melt the remaining white chocolate and butter together in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water making sure that the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl. Keep stirring to be sure that the chocolate doesn't burn. Once melted thoroughly remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the milk gradually. When you first add milk the mix may look a little curdled but keep adding slowly and beating well and it will smooth out as you go.
- Beat the eggs well in a large bowl. Add the sugar, ginger and vanilla and beat to combine. Slowly pour the white chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and stir till smooth. Pour over the bread using a spoon to spread evenly.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour, though you can leave for longer if you wish. The bread should have soaked most of the liquid and puffed out substantially.
- Sprinkle a couple of table spoons of brown sugar over the top just before cooking. Bake for 40 minutes in a preheated over at 180C or until golden brown. Serve with ice cream, cream, custard or whatever else your whim dictates.
I hope that you enjoy this as much as we did!